MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College teams have been impressive in the early stages of the school year. As we move into early fall, the teams are at a solid pace for a strong season in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC).
The Bobcat teams have set new records, mounted comebacks, pulled off upsets, and secured top finishes against strong competition.
The Georgia College women’s soccer team (4-2-2, 2-1 PBC) is off to one of the best starts in recent years. The Bobcats set the tone early kicking off the season with road victories at the University of Mount Olive and Barton College.
Undoubtedly, the team’s most impressive victory also came on the road, when the team traveled to Lander University. Down 3-0 at the half, the Bobcats offense would ignite. Freshman, Ragnheidur Bjarnadottir assisted on two goals, one scored by Unnbjorg Omarsdottir and the other by Sol Baldassini cutting the Bearcat lead to just one goal. With little time remaining, Bjarnadottir and Omarsdottir would connect again, and the game was knotted up sending it into overtime. Bjarnadottir would release a masterful shot in the dwindling moments of the first overtime giving the Bobcats the victory. She would cap the comeback win and finish the best game of her young career with three assists and one goal to help the team remain undefeated on the road.
On another course, Bobcat cross country is off to a running start.
The men’s team reached his highest regional ranking is school history when they moved up to number four in the Southeast Region via the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll released earlier this month following impressive finishes at the Bobcat Classic (first among three schools) and the Furman Invitational (second among all non-DI schools). At Furman, senior James Ryden led the team with a 39th place finish and notched the second fastest 8K time in school history at 27:26. The team also placed 1st at the Julius Johnson Invitational in Macon, Ga. Friday Sept. 25 and 15th of 37 teams at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn. on Saturday, Sept. 26.
On the women’s side, a number of individual performances have been the highlight of the season.
Brittney Schwind set a personal record in the 5K with a time of 22:48 as the team placed first in the Bobcat Classic. Josi Giovinazzo and Sarah Willis also set personal records for the 5K with times of 24:23 and 26:10. Giovinazzo and Willis additionally posted personal records in the 6K at the Furman Invitational with times of 27:56 and 30:08.
The Bobcat women had an impressive run at Furman, placing 11th out of 22 teams.
On the volleyball court, the Bobcat women (6-5, 2-2 PBC) notched the biggest win in program history as they knocked off then #15 Wingate University in a best of five series winning three sets to one. Freshman Taylor Svehla led the team with 10 kills and 14 points overall. The team is 3-2 at home, 3-1 in neutral site games but still winless on the road.
Men’s golf is also out to an impressive start as they have notched 2nd and 7th place finishes in tournaments throughout the season. With the success, the Bobcat men have been ranked No. 23 in the latest Bushnell/Golfweek Division II Men’s Golf Coaches Poll.
It has been an exciting start to the year for the Bobcat teams.
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